History of Art and Architecture

A Celebration of Galileo’s 450th Birthday


Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

University of Pittsburgh Departments of Music and Studio Arts and the University Art Gallery have organized a commemoration of Galileo’s 450th birthday. The interdisciplinary event will take place from 3-5 p.m. in the Rotunda of the University Art Gallery.

Special guest Paolo Palmieri, from Pitt’s Department of History and Philosophy of Science, will give a brief talk on Galileo and his contributions. His talk will be followed by an interdisciplinary installation created by Studio Arts faculty members Michael Morrill and Aaron Henderson, and composer and music department alum Philip Thompson. The installation is built around Morrill’s Linea Terminale paintings, themselves inspired by Galileo’s moon drawings. Henderson’s video and Thompson’s composition (for string trio) was created as a response both to Linea Terminale and the broader idea of celebrating Galileo’s life and scientific contributions.

This interdisciplinary celebration of Galileo’s 450th birthday is cosponsored by the Departments of Studio Arts and Music, the University Art Gallery, and the Departments of History and Philosophy of Science, Physics and Astronomy, and Philosophy. The event is free and open to the public.

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